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Cleaning Ugg Boots: How to remove stains and odors and get your boots back in tip-top shape

Fall is here and soon it will be boot time again! We’ll help you with tips on how to clean your favorite pair of Ugg boots and properly care for them during the cold season.

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How to clean and maintain Ugg Boots in autumn and winter

Uggs have been controversial since they hit the market in the early 2000s. Should you wear them with socks? Should you wear them with shorts and a crop top in the summer? Or should they be reserved for winter only? Do they function like slippers or are they meant for the outdoors? One thing we can all agree on, though, is that Uggs are simply comfortable. These lined boots are uncomplicated, ultra-warm, and just plain cozy.

However, it can be easy to wear them all the time and forget that they need to be cleaned. However, because they’re made of lambskin, suede, or a combination of both, Uggs are susceptible to water, mud, salt, and grease stains, which means regular cleaning is essential. In fact, the materials are so delicate that even storing your favorite pair in high temperatures while wet can cause shrinkage.

The easiest way to protect your boots from the weather, if you don’t have the time to clean them after every wear, is to use the brand’s special cleaner that comes in a convenient care kit. However, if you’ve waited a little too long to take care of your boots, or if you’re out of protective products, read below for some alternative tips on how to clean Uggs.

How often should you clean Ugg boots?

How often to clean Ugg boots in autumn and winter

Ugg boots should be cleaned or at least brushed after every wear if it’s wet or snowy outside. In dry weather, cleaning the uppers once a week is sufficient (or less often if you don’t wear the boots every day). To avoid bad odors inside your Uggs, clean them after every third wear or even more often if you wear them in wet weather.

Here’s how to remove water stains

Remove water stains from Uggs tips and instructions

If you got caught in the rain and your suede booties got wet, you may think that you can just soak them in water to clean them. But that’s an absolute no-go. Here’s a simple way to get rid of water stains.

What you need:

  • Suede brush with nylon bristles
  • Suede cleaner, alternatively 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water
  • paper towel
  • soft sponge
  • Cotton cloth
  • Water


  1. Prepare your boots – use the suede brush to thoroughly clean the outside once. This will loosen the pile and remove any surface dirt.
  2. Use a sponge to dampen the boot. Dip the sponge in clean, cool water and dampen the entire boot. Be careful not to drench the boot with too much water, just enough to slightly dampen it.
  3. Clean your boots with the sponge and suede cleaner. As an alternative from home remedies, a 1:1 mixture of water and white vinegar works well.
  4. Dip the cotton cloth in clean water and run it over the boot to remove the suede cleaner.
  5. Stuff the inside with paper towels to help the boots keep their shape and stand up straight as they dry.
  6. Allow the boots to air dry. Do not, under any circumstances, put your Uggs in the dryer or use a hair dryer, as this can ruin the shoes for good. Instead, find a place to let your boots dry at room temperature, away from the sun or other sources of direct heat.

Clean Ugg Boots Inside

Remove odors from Uggs clean inside

Whether you wear your shoes with or without socks, the inside can become sticky from sweat and quickly develop bacteria. Avoid smelly feet or a trip to the podiatrist by giving the inside of your boots the same attention as the outside. Here’s a quick and easy way to keep the inside of your boots fresh and clean.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Cold water
  • Washcloth
  • Gentle liquid soap
  • Soft toothbrush

Here’s how:

  1. Remove odors. If the insides of your shoes stink, put two teaspoons of baking soda and two teaspoons of cornstarch in each boot. Shake them around a bit and let them sit for a few hours. Pour out the baking soda and cornstarch before you start cleaning.
  2. Wet washcloths in water and add soap. Instead of making a solution of water and soap, wet the rag first and then add the soap to it. This way, you are applying the soap directly to the stain.
  3. Gently scrub the sheepskin. Apply pressure only when necessary. For moderate stains, gentle scrubbing is sufficient. However, for stubborn stains on your hands, you may need to be a little harder.
  4. Use a toothbrush if necessary. If you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn stain, use a soft toothbrush to help.
  5. Wipe clean. Rinse your washcloth thoroughly first and wring it out. Dampen it as needed before removing the soap from inside the boot.
  6. Allow the boots to air dry. As always, it’s best to let your Uggs air dry to preserve their coziness.

How to get Uggs clean again